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Italian Sausage and Vegetables Recipe

Italian Sausage and Vegetables Recipe

"This easy and complete meal-in-a-pot is both healthy and delicious," promises Ginny Stuby in Altoona, Pennsylvania. "It’s wonderful served with a slice of Italian or hot garlic bread. I found the recipe in a magazine and made just a few adjustments to suit myself. Enjoy!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 pounds sweet or hot Italian turkey sausage links
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a nonstick skillet, brown sausages over medium heat. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add vegetables and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 165°.
  • 2. Remove sausages and cut into 1-in. pieces; return to slow cooker. Stir in bread crumbs. Serve in bowls; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 304 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 838 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 22 g protein.

Reviews for Italian Sausage and Vegetables

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"I'll be the somewhat naysayer and report that this was just ok to us. I cut the recipe in half for just me and my husband. I felt like there just wasn't very much spice or flavor to it. Next time I will use Italian diced tomatoes or ones with garlic & onion. I also didn't feel like the bread crumbs really did anything. Lastly, all the ingredients were done cooking but the potatoes were still nowhere near done. I waited another hour but they still tasted pretty crisp. Some of the ones on the bottom tasted perfect though. I think this recipe could've been better with a good stirring in the middle. Because of this, we would have given this recipe a 3, but because I forgot the cheese at the end, and I'm giving the benefit of the doubt that the cheese would've made the meal better, I bumped it up to 4. If I try this again, I will do the tweaks I mentioned above and make sure to include the cheese on top."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2015

"made this for family night......everyone liked it. I used turkey sausage, I think i'll add sweet potatoes next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"absolutely yummy! everybody loves this!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"So easy and so delicious!! I used sweet potatoes and turkey sausage, left out the bread crumbs.....loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"I've made this many times!!!!!! Very easy to make- I just have to remember to scale back on the red pepper flakes!!!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.